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27/07/2016 - 12:09 0
Islamic State Suicide Attack Rocks Qamishli, Rojava: 44 Killed 150 Injured

An Islamic State (ISIS) suicide attack with a bomb-laden truck has killed 32 people and injured 143 in Rojava's Cizire (Jazeera) canton capital Qamishli today.

The explosion, which occurred at 9:25 local time this morning, went off in a crowded area near the Xerbi Asayish (Security) Centre, confirmed police. Many buildings were destroyed as the bomb created a large hole in the area it exploded.

Cizire Health Council co-chair Sileman Ehmed confirmed that there were many children and women amongst the dead and many people were still in critical condition.

Kurdish political parties and leaders have condemned the attack. Brett McGurk, the US envoy for the global anti-ISIS coalition has also tweeted his condemnation in "the strongest terms."

The European Kurdish Democratic Societies Congress (KCD-E) has called on Kurds and all those in solidarity to protest the massacre in Qamishli across European cities.

UPDATE:

The death toll continues rising in Kurdish town Qamishli as corpses stuck under rubble are retrieved. Reports say at least 44 people have died, with more than 150 injured. The number of dead is expected rise.

There is speculation that following the truck bomb a motorcycle packed with explosives also exploded nearby causing further carnage. Other reports say that the first explosion caused a gas tank to explode.

Qamishli resident Suleiman Youssef, a writer, summed up the devastation to The Associated Press saying he had heard the first explosion from few miles away. He said the blasts leveled several buildings to the ground and many people were trapped under the rubble. 

"Most of the buildings at the scene of the explosion have been heavily damaged because of the strength of the blast," he added.

The Islamic State took responsibility for the attack and said it was in retaliation for the military operation to liberate Manbij.

Three days of mourning have been declared in Rojava for the victims of the attack.

Watch the video of the incident here

Source: Several